April 10, 2015
THE LUCY SHOW #117 - "Lucy Gets A Roommate"
"Lucy Gets A Roommate", Episode #117 aired on CBS, October 31, 1966 in the Fifth Season of "The Lucy Show". This classic script was penned by Bob O'Brien and Elroy Schwartz under the supervision of former Jack Benny scribe Milt Josefsberg. Mr. O'Brien also Executive Produces with Tommy Thompson serving as Producer and Lucy veteran Maury Thompson at the helm of the show as director. Along with the series' regulars Lucille Ball as Lucy Carmichael, Gale Gordon as Theodore Mooney and Mary Jane Croft portraying Mary Jane Lewis, was special guest star and Lucy favorite Carol Burnett.
In an effort to bring her living costs to a minimum and economize, Lucy decides to get a roommate at Mr. Mooney's urging. Carol Burnett portrays Carol Bradford, a very shy librarian who moves in with Lucy. At first all is well until Carol's excentric behaviour and extreme timidness begins to annoy and worry Lucy. So, she co-hort Mary Jane plot to bring Carol out of her debilitating shyness. They decide to throw an intimate gathering, and invite a few male friends over in hopes newby Carol will loosen up and befriend one of the gentelmen. But, alas, Carol remains withdrawn until Lucy encrouages her to have some wine, telling her in Italy they drink it like water. Being very fond of water, Carl indulges and becomes intoxicated with great comic results.
Lucille Ball is a great sport and steps aside handing much of the comedy moments and bits in this episode to Ms. Burnett. Lucille Ball had always been a suporter of Burnett's and took her under her wing. Burnetts appearance was a great lift to the series which had been in a decline since Vivian Vance had left the show. It is reported that Lucy liked Burnett so much that she went to great extremes to see that Burnett was always presented in the best light. It is the first time the two comediennes work together in television. It is such a wonderful paring that Ball and Burnette continue to team up on the tube for many seasons to come.
Other actors featured in this episode include: Atillo Risso, Al Torre, Don Germano, Dino Natali who are the gentelmen musicians invited to the gathering concocted by Lucy and Mary Jane. As always, Wilbur Hatch provides music with makeup by Hal King, hairstyles by Irma Kusely and Roy Rowan acting as the show's announcer.
I give this episode five stars. It's a great comedy classic with Lucy and her strong cast in great form. Not to be missed. Enjoy!
April 20, 2008
Corny, But Good
Ok, So some of the jokes fall flat, But overall this is a very good episode of "The Lucy Show", Featuring Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Carol Burnett and Mary Jane Croft.
"The Lucy Show" simply wasn't as good as "I Love Lucy", But it was fun, and still is quite enjoyable today.
Overall it's pretty good.